King Solomon and The Queen Of Sheba

Q. I have a question about Solomon,  I have read in several places that Solomon married the queen of Sheba but in the bible I can only find where she came to him to see if his fabled wisdom was true. Once she found out it was true the last I read of the queen of Sheba is that she returned to her land (1 kings 10:13). Am I missing something? Did Solomon marry the queen of Sheba? And where can I find that in the bible?

A. Both 1 Kings 10:13 and 2 Chronicles 9:12 say that “King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for.” 2 Chronicles 9:12 adds that he gave her more than she had brought to him.

There’s a tradition among the Jews of Ethiopia (called Falasha) that when the Bible says Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba (modern Ethiopia) all she desired and asked for, it’s referring to a son they had together, and this is how she returned with more than she had  brought.

They believe the son, named Menelik and also called Ebna la-Hakim, or “Son of the Wise”,  stayed in Jerusalem with his father until he was 18 and then went home to be the King in his mother’s place.  This tradition also states that Solomon gave him a replica of the Ark of the Covenant to take with him.  Some believe that priests who foresaw Israel descending into paganism switched the replica for the real thing and therefore the real Ark went to Ethiopia.  Whether it’s the real one or not no one knows, but by many accounts there is an Ark in Ethiopia today.

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